Ocala Equestrian Lifestyle

World Equestrian Center Ocala Food and Wine Festival is Back

World Equestrian Center Ocala Food & Wine Festival is Back!

For Immediate Release — OCALA, Florida – September 8, 2022 – The 2022 Ocala Food & Wine Festival presented by Lugano Diamonds is back for a second year at World Equestrian Center Ocala. Three-Day Culinary Celebration Proceeds to Support Local Industry Drawing more than 800 attendees in a... more

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Brittany Crandall & Cooley Almighty Touch Down at Rebecca Farm

Let the countdown begin. In just 2 days, all eyes will be on one of Ocala Horse Properties’ 2022 Rebecca Farm Flight Grant winners – Brittany Crandall and her 9-year-old KWPN gelding Cooley Almighty – at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, on July 20-24. Brittany, who will also... more

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Jules Batters & Cooley O Take A New Route to Rebecca Farm

Jules Ennis Batters and her 14-year-old Anglo European Sporthorse, Cooley O, aren’t newcomers to the Event at Rebecca Farm. In fact, Jules and her top competitive partner have twice made the long haul from the East Coast to Montana, competing in the CCI4* divisions in 2019 and 2021. Each of those... more

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OHP Rebecca Farm Flight Grant Recipients Announced

The recipients of the 2022 Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant were chosen in a drawing at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Rob and Chris Desino from Ocala Horse Properties and Sarah and Rebecca Broussard from The Event at Rebecca Farm made the... more

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Rashad Jones is Ocala’s King of BBQ!

Rashad Jones, owner of Big Lee’s Serious About Barbecue, has risen to local and national recognition for his determination, exceptional culinary talents and participation in the Food Network’s 6 part series, Eat, Sleep, BBQ. Although recognized as a ‘foodie celebrity’ for that role,... more

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FAST Ocala Dives Off the Starting Block March 26, 2022!

Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST) is officially unveiling their state of the art swimming complex on March 26th, 2022 with their Grand Opening event which is open to the public! Come celebrate the opening of another world class sports facility poised to enhance the lives of our Marion... more

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Marion County Metro Boasts National Recognition for 
Robust Economic Growth!

The Greater Ocala Region is well known for its wide open spaces, beautiful Florida climate and nationally recognized equestrian activities. Historically, “snowbirds” have flocked to Florida to enjoy our temperate winters, but recent economic studies are showing another trend. Marion County is... more

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Rebecca Flight Grant

Ocala Horse Properties Rebecca Farm Flight Grant

In 2021 the team from Ocala Horse Properties, led by Rob and Chris Desino, visited “The Event at Rebecca Farm” for the first time. In awe of the quality of the event, they felt that the entire eventing community, especially those on the East Coast of the United States, needed to make... more

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Matt Varney - Ocala Horse Properties

Advocating for the Preservation of Ocala Farm Land

Ocala Horse Properties & Horse Farms Forever advocates for preserving the character and culture of Ocala/Marion County for future generations. By founding endeavors like Horse Farms Forever, we have helped the horse industry create more than 21,000 jobs in Marion County with an overall economic... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Design Center

We Are Opening A New Office in Ocala!

“Our office, which should be opening in March, will be more than just a real estate office,” he says. “In essence, it will be a one-stop shopping experience for anyone in the market for an Ocala luxury home or Ocala farm “ready to go”, or a property that needs some updating. We will be... more

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Horse Farms Forever Summit Balances Conservation & Growth in Ocala

Horse Farms Forever, is a conservation minded non-profit organization which was founded in 2018 in response to the steady growth and threat of encroaching road development in Marion County. Since its inception, Horse Farms Forever has received enormous support from farm owners, community leaders... more

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Terranova Inaugural Event Dominated by Ocala Equestrians

Florida equestrians celebrated the opening of another top class competition venue at the inaugural 4* Event at Terranova, a new expansive 225 acre equestrian facility located in Myakka City, Florida. Myakka City is located just a few hours from Ocala, Florida and minutes from downtown Sarasota. ... more

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World Equestrian Center Acquires Ocala Jockey Club!

The Roberts family continues their massive support of horse sport in Marion County through the recent acquisition of the 950 acre Ocala Jockey Club. Proving their long term dedication to the equestrian industry in Ocala, WEC plans to continue to host eventing competitions at the already established... more

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WEC Delights Equestrian Competitors and Spectators Alike!

The World Equestrian Center, Ocala opened this past winter season to rave reviews. Marion County horse enthusiasts were treated to an exceptional horse show experience at this country’s finest new state of the art equestrian sports complex. Due to mileage rule complications over winter show dates... more

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Three Stellar Performances by Liz Halliday-Sharp at The 2021 LRK3DE!

As the 2021 eventing community began the season with cautious optimism, Liz Halliday Sharp kept her head down and continued to focus on the spring competition season leading up to The Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event. History appeared destined to repeat itself in early 2021, when the event... more

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Halliday-Sharp Finishes All 3 Horses Inside Top 5 at Liftmaster’s Grand-Prix of Eventing!

This past weekend, Ocala Horse Properties traveled to Aiken, South Carolina as a sponsor of the Liftmaster’s Grand-Prix of Eventing, and to cheer for Liz Halliday-Sharp and all of our friends and clients hailing from Ocala. This was an incredible USEF sanctioned event, which offered $50K in prize... more

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Client Spotlight: Nancy Ditty’s Family Legacy of Producing Champion Quarter Horses Thrives in Ocala

At Ocala Horse Properties, one of our most satisfying experiences as Marion County realtors is getting to know our clients and community members. The Ocala equestrian world is a diverse one, representing multiple breeds and disciplines, which is what makes “The Horse Capitol of the World” so... more

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Ocala Horse Properties Hosts 2021 USEF Eventing Training Sessions at Hampton Lane

Ocala Horse Properties recently had the honor of hosting the USEF Elite and Pre-Elite Training Sessions, held February 1st-4th, at our own Hampton Lane equestrian facility in Ocala. Hampton Lane, a 29 acre farm located across the street from the new World Equestrian Center, offered the perfect... more

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Hands Above the Rest

What makes someone a true leader in their industry? Some would argue that it’s a person who helps others by providing guidance and insight of their knowledge. This is precisely why Ocala Horse Properties’ Matt Varney is continuously recognized as the areas top agent. The latest recognition was... more

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World Equestrian Center Ocala

World Equestrian Center Ocala – A look inside an equestrian masterpiece

I’ve visited the World Equestrian Center Ocala just a few months ago and multiple times throughout the construction, and my wife Courtney and I were again immensely... more

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Halliday-Sharp Awarded USEA Rider of Year Breaking 39 Year Streak for Men at the Top of the Sport

Liz Halliday-Sharp has had a phenomenal year since taking the leap and relocating with permanence to the United States in 2020. Producing a massively talented string of horses, Halliday-Sharp earned the most accumulated points of any rider in the USA, breaking the 39 year streak for men topping the... more

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Ocala Tops List of Small Businesses Per Capita in the USA!

Marion County has yet another reason to celebrate, topping the charts of a recent article by AdvisorSmith, shining a light on Ocala’s robust small business community! The report, released by AdvisorSmith, revealed that Ocala is ranked #1 for having the largest volume of active small businesses... more

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Halliday-Sharp Concludes Incredible 2020 Eventing Season at Tryon National Championships

The 2020 eventing season is a wrap, culminating with an incredible adventure to the Buckeye Nutrition USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship at the MARS Tryon International Three-Day Event. For Ocala Horse Properties, the weekend was a true testament to the teamwork and camaraderie that makes... more

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OHP Supports WEC & Encourages USEF Resolution

Ocala Horse Properties has been fortunate enough to sponsor some of the best horse shows in the country, many of which are USEF sanctioned events held right here in Ocala, Florida.  We love Ocala and believe that no other area in the world is more suited for equestrian enthusiasts. From an Ocala... more

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Ocala Garners Top 10 Rankings – US News & World Report!

For 30 years, US News and World Report has been an expert resource offering statistical rankings on the nation’s top regions for real estate, schools, healthcare, automobiles, investments, and vacation destinations. Ocala Horse Properties is proud to announce that US News and World Report has... more

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Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z and Halliday-Sharp Bring Home Wire to Wire Win at Plantation Field International!

Fresh off her incredible record breaking win with Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z at Great Meadow International, Liz Halliday-Sharp came to Unionville with the plan to repeat that performance. With her entire team of owners present from Ocala Horse Properties and the Monster Partnership, a... more

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Halliday-Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z Set CCI 4* Record at Great Meadow International!

The 2019 eventing season wrapped up on a positive note for Liz and Ocala Horse Properties’ horse Deniro Z, with an incredible 15th place finish at Burghley last September. The original plan was to give Niro a well deserved break in Ocala before tackling the 2020 eventing season, but then the... more

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Outdoor Restaurant Spaces

The greater Marion County region is home to wide open agricultural spaces, with a plethora of options for outdoor recreation and entertainment. The beauty of our region is that residents can enjoy a day in the great outdoors, and an evening of dining in downtown Ocala! These are certainly unusual... more

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Discover The Great Outdoors In Ocala, Florida!

Are you on the market for a new home or horse farm in Ocala, Florida?  While the Ocala region is well known as ‘The Horse Capitol of the World’, our region also offers a multitude of outdoor recreational activities for those who enjoy nature. Now more than ever, having access to wide... more

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How to Find the Perfect Ocala, FL Farm

Ocala Horse Properties is The Authority on buying and selling Marion County Horse Farms. Over the past 13 years we have helped advise countless clients who are on the market for equestrian facilities in this region. We have the largest portfolio of farms for sale in Ocala, and as horse farm owners... more

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5 Action Steps to Sell Your Ocala, FL Horse Farm!

Contemplating selling your Ocala, Florida farm, but intimidated by the process?  Ocala Horse Properties, the Ocala horse farm experts, can help alleviate that stress by guiding you through our list of suggestions which will help prepare you to put your equestian property on the market! CREATE A... more

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Depth of Talent Characterizes Liz Halliday-Sharp’s String of Young Horses

Liz Halliday-Sharp had big plans this spring. Plans that included a trip this past weekend to the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event with her top competitive partner, Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z.  While FEI competitions have been suspended and the world awaits a return to normalcy,... more

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A Story Of Community and Partnership

In light of the recent developments in our world, we wanted to bring you a story of community and partnership in our Marion County equestrian community. This article features Anna Christina Gansauer, a grand prix show jumper who became a client of Ocala Horse Properties in 2013, when she decided to... more

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Live Oak International Thrills Competitors and Spectators in 2020!

Live Oak International remains one of the most impressive FEI level events in our Marion County community and beyond. Drawing championship level driving competitors and international show jumpers seeking qualification for the 2020 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas, the list of... more

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Ocala Horse Properties and Hudson Phillips Official Realtors of Live Oak International!

This year, Ocala Horse Property proudly joins forces with Hudson Phillips as Official Realtors of Live Oak International!  This spectacular event is a focal point of our incredible equestrian community in Marion County, and is proof that Ocala truly is the Horse Capital of the World!  We hope... more

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Another 2020 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix is in the Books!

Ocala Horse Properties congratulates our client Will Coleman for his impressive 3rd consecutive win at the Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix, held yesterday at Southern Cross Farm in Reddick.  It takes exceptional talent to withstand the pressure of a traditional jump off, and Coleman... more

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Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z Snags Halliday-Sharp Second Win at Aiken Showcase!

Liz has returned from her weekend road trip to Aiken, clinching her second win at the $50K Grand Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field aboard Ocala Horse Properties’ Deniro Z.   This is her second showcase of the 2020 season, and Deniro Z is showing his competitive aptitude in his lead up to... more

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Dressage Begins The Steady Migration to Ocala!

The Ocala horse community has long been known for it’s diversity in disciplines, as the open space and rich soil in Marion County offers the perfect environment for a number of breeding and training operations for thoroughbred racing, hunter/jumper, western, Quarter Horse and Paso Fino... more

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Join Us for the 2020 Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix!

Ocala Horse Properties takes great pride in our community involvement, and one of our favorite events during the year is right around the corner!  Tuesday March 3rd, we hope that you will join us at Southern Cross Equestrian to watch this region’s top ranked event riders battle it out for... more

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